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Mexican governor confirms 3 US siblings found dead

  MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found shot to death in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said October 30th. The father of the three, Pedro [...]

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Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection October 28th , saying he’s not preaching communism but the Gospel. Francis’ remarks to the World Meeting of Popular Movements, delivered in his native Spanish, ran for more [...]

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Families of missing Mexican students still waiting

  TIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Night is the most difficult time at the rural teachers college, where families have stayed on thin, bare mattresses in classrooms since 43 students went missing a month ago. The day’s distractions of meals, meetings and marches end, and the parents are left with their thoughts, questions and a simmering [...]

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Cuba builds first new church in 55 years

  HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said October 27th. Experts said it’s a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus [...]

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Venezuelans brace for slump in oil prices

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The falling oil prices that are providing relief to drivers around the world threaten to bring more misery to the life of Milagro Alvarez and millions of other Venezuelans, whose country depends almost exclusively on oil revenue. The math teacher has been getting up before dawn each day and rushing [...]

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Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo approaching Bermuda

  HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a huge Category 4 storm today and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to seas that could rise 45 feet (14 meters). The storm was centered about 195 miles (310 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda this morning [...]

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Mexico widens search for 43 missing students

  TIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police sent horse-mounted patrols and officers with trained dogs up into the hills around the city of Iguala on October 15th in an expanded search for 43 college students missing since a clash with police last month. The stepped-up hunt was ordered after investigators determined that 28 sets of [...]

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Harvard junior who took mom to Mexico can return

  LOS REYES LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) — A Harvard University student stuck in Mexico for months after breaking an immigration rule was told Tuesday that he will be allowed to return home to the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service had declared that Dario Guerrero Meneses, an illegal immigrant, effectively deported himself [...]

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Lunar eclipse in Asia and the Americas

  TOKYO (AP) — Evening viewers in much of Asia and early risers in parts of the Americas were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse on Wednesday, though clouds obscured it for some. Lucky ones saw the moon turn orange or red in what is known as a “blood moon.” The hue results from sunlight [...]

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Killings force change in focus for Mexico leader

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Since taking office nearly two years ago, President Enrique Pena Nieto has sought to project an image of Mexico on the move, beating back chronic drug violence and pressing ahead with historic constitutional and economic reforms, even offering to contribute soldiers to UN peacekeeping missions in other parts of the [...]

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Provocative Argentine exhibit of Barbies is pulled

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Barbie has long been an icon, just not a holy one. A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified Jesus Christ has been cancelled amid complaints and threats by angry believers, the artists behind [...]

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